Graduates in December 2020 and plans to transfer to Laurentian University’s Bachelor of Social Work program
Returning to school for Rhiana Buchanen was daunting, but it was the first step towards getting her dream job as a psychologist. After enrolling in Durham College’s online Social Service Worker program, she learned about the support and services provided by the local Contact North | Contact Nord online learning centre in Gore Bay.
“The staff diligently answered all my questions,” she shares. She was unsure about online learning, however, likes the opportunity to live in a rural community and pursue her educational goals.
Rhiana is the mother of 2 teenage boys, works full-time and dedicates 2 to 4 hours every evening to her schoolwork. She works independently, accessing her coursework and assignments online. “My instructors are great and my classmates are great,” she shares. She says it was overwhelming at first, but she adjusted quickly, getting a 4.20 grade point average in her first semester.
“I connect with classmates on Google Hangouts and Facebook Messenger to complete group assignments,” she explains. She plans to write exams at the Gore Bay online learning centre in her second semester and complete her placement at a local agency.
Rhiana graduates in December 2020 and plans to transfer credits to Laurentian University’s Bachelor of Social Work program. Her long-term goal is to complete a doctorate.